New York Boy Scouts Hire First Openly Gay Eagle Scout

The Boy Scouts' New York chapter has hired a gay Eagle Scout, marking a major step toward ending the organization's controversial ban on openly gay adult members. However, Boy Scouts national spokesman Deron Smith told The Associated Press that the group's policy hadn't changed, adding that the organization is "looking into the matter" of the New York hiring. The Boy Scouts' Greater New York Councils announced 18-year-old Pascal Tessier as Eagle Scout on Thursday. Board member Richard G. Mason told The Associated Press, "We received this application from this young man, and we found him highly qualified on all the merits. We have an anti-discrimination policy, we believe in it very firmly and we are executing on it."